Two of the towns worst hit by the recent smog were Muar and Port Klang. The general consensus was that they bore the brunt of the smoke billowing in from Sumatra – but local plantation burning in Johan Setia near Port Klang and in Mukim Air Hitam near Muar may have aggravated the smog.

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Blog reader KTWong87 sent us these two reports. The first one is a case of burning near Port Klang:

… fire at a “6.41 hectare farm in Taman Johan Setia since Thursday”… with 3 out of 4 sectors still burning?

Taman Johan Setiua is about 5 miles from the centre of Klang, so I’d wonder howmuch of the 493 API was aresult of the smoke from that fire?

And apparently the Selangor state government has already opened investigation papers “to charge 12 land owners involved in burning activities in their land”.

Read the details here:

Agricultural Activities Source Of Forest Fire In Johan Setia

This is not the first time fires have been reported in Johan Setia. Check out this burning – same area, same month, last year. ntv7 reported on 16 June:

Our checks at Johan Setia and Jalan Kebun in Kelang showed that the peat fires are caused by open burning by plantation workers and farmers who seem to take advantage to the dry spell to carry out this open burning, and residents here claimed that they have been lodging reports and complaints to the authorities for the past 3 weeks but to date, no serious action has been taken to stop this open burning.

“The illegal open burning is usually carried out at night. We can see the fire blazing. During the day, we can just see smoke,” said resident, Malik Mat Yassin.

“Every year when it is the dry season, people will conduct burnings everywhere. It is deplorable here because it is a peat swap, so at the end of the day, the residents will suffer,” said resident, Mohamad Samri Miah.

The Selangor government warned of strong action last year. What happened since then?

About the situation in Muar, KTWong87 noted earlier:

How about 46 hectares of plantations in Muar on fire, and firemen only able to put out 12 hectares so far, and the remaining 34 pumping out smoke?

Any link to the 746 API in Muar? How much of that smoke actually came from Indonesian fires?

Read the Bernama report at:

Fire-fighters facing uphill task putting out fire in plantation in Muar

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Looks like we can’t pin all the blame on plantation burning in Indonesia, can we?